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NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

  • Perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking a panoramic vista
  • Reflects the ambience of a tented camp with added comfort & security
  • Features a swimming pool suspended above the sand

Facilities include

Swimming pool Restaurant Two lounges Sleep under the stars

Activities include

  • Horse Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Village Tours
  • Scenic Flights
  • Walking Safaris
  • Photographic Safaris
  • Hot Air Balloon Safaris
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About

About Wolwedans Dunes Lodge

The Dunes Lodge is perched on top of a dune plateau, overlooking panoramic vistas in all directions and capturing the beauty of the desert in a most memorable way.

The building style is a combination of wooden structures and canvas blinds, opening up to the desert beyond. The lodge reflects the ambience of a tented camp, but provides the comfort and protection of a permanent building. Each of the nine spacious chalets has an en-suite bathroom and a private veranda, which connects you to vast stretches of untouched sand. Sleeping with your canvas blinds open is just like sleeping under the stars.

The main complex - which has been completely rebuilt during 2003 - consists of two lounges, a number of sundowner decks, a fireplace, a tea deck, a library, the wine cellar and two dining rooms.

The lodge also has a swimming pool, which is suspended above the sand. All communal areas of the lodge open out onto decks with superb views. The variety of recreational space makes a visit both exciting and relaxing. To make the most of your visit we recommend you stay for three nights.

All meals at the Dunes Lodge are a lavish, but unpretentious affair. They always exude a sense of occasion with elegant table settings, candlelight and exuberant menu announcements in the local Nama language. They have a reputation for serving the best meals on the Namibian safari circuit.

Practical info

Practical info

Location

Biodiversity is life. Conservation is safeguarding this biodiversity and the integrity of the ecosystem services it provides which support global needs. Conservation is a core component amongst all Long Runners. They support the sustainable use of natural resources that safeguards the integrity of the ecosphere. Activities in this dimension address issues related to biodiversity and ecosystem services as well as management of energy, water and waste, land planning and carbon impact reduction, among others.

The role and importance of conservation, and the opportunities it creates for Namibia and its people, is promoted. The Namib Desert frontiers are secured and conservation areas are extended through encouragement, cooperation and inclusion, all aimed at advancing biodiversity protection and the concept of a fence-free Namib.

Conservation Management

NamibRand Nature Reserve’s biodiversity and habitats are effectively managed through active monitoring and innovative, adaptive management approaches. Today one of Southern Africa’s largest private not for profit nature reserves, it acts as a role model demonstrating holistic biodiversity conservation balanced with financial sustainability. A healthy and functioning ecosystem is now maintained, providing a sanctuary for the fauna and flora of the land, and its human inhabitants.

Tangible results in biodiversity conservation

The NamibRand Nature Reserve has produced tangible results including the monitoring of endangered species such as the lapped-faced vulture and assisting with the relocation of previous endemic species such as cheetah, leopard and giraffe.

21 cheetahs and 2 leopards have successfully been released on the Reserve

A total of 21 cheetahs and 2 leopards have successfully been released on the Reserve. Endangered and historically endemic species such as cheetah have been reintroduced with the help of the Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) and Naankuse

A flourishing ecosystem re-established

The rehabilitation of the land and establishment of a flourishing ecosystem took up the majority of the last 15 years. Over 1600 km of fences were removed and various farmsteads cleared of undesired infrastructure, rubble and environmental waste.

Symbiosis of conservation and commerce

Wolwedans positively contributes to the conservation of the NamibRand Nature Reserve and other like minded conservation initiatives through financial, moral and hands-on support.

Support conservation initiatives by adopting a fairy circle

Wolwedans has come up with the innovative ‘adopt-a-fairy-circle’ concept, whereby we encourage guests and nature lovers to ‘adopt’ one of the thousands of mysterious fairy circles that are unique to the Namib Desert.

Wolwedans a faithful supporter of Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust

Wolwedans also supports Namib Desert Environmental Education Trust (NaDEET) directly with philanthropic contributions such as sponsoring at least two school groups per year to participate in the environmental education programme.

Eco-friendly building style ensures low footprint

Wolwedans has been committed to an eco-friendly building style from the early beginnings 16 years ago. All camps were constructed using poles, elevated wooden decks and roll-up canvas walls.

Wolwedans invests USD 90.000 in solar fridges

Wolwedans has now taken the plunge and replaced all gas fridges with low-energy Ardo Solar fridges and freezers. This helps them take bold steps in the direction of our long-term conservation objective: to run the whole Wolwedans operation solely on solar.

Wolwedans has launched its state of the art solar hybrid system

Wolwedans has launched its state of the art solar hybrid system, which is set to reduce fossil fuel consumption for power generation by 65%, setting a bold example to to the local hospitality industry in Namibia.

How to get there

We will assist you with all necessary internal transfers after booking.

BY AIR:
Hosea Kutako International Airport is the international airport
DuneHopper: For one or two people this scheduled air taxi (based on fixed seat rates) from Windhoek and Swakopmund to the Sossusvlei area and Wolwedans, is the answer. The service is offered by NatureWings and seats can be booked directly, or through a tour operator

AIRLINES to Hosea Kutako International Airport:
Air Namibia
British Airways operated by Comair
South African Airways
South African Express
TAAG Angola Airways

Private charter:
Chartering a private plane provides you with a greater deal of flexibility. You travel when it pleases you, no need to adhere to rigid schedules.
Chartering a Cessna 210 makes sense for three or four people and a larger plane for bigger groups.
Charters normally take you to other destinations as well

BY CAR:
The Dunes Lodge is located some 70 km’s south of Sesriem/Sossuvlei and can be reached by normal sedan car
Driving times from Windhoek, Swakopmund, the Fish-River Canyon and Lüderitzbucht are approximately five to six hours
Driving directions available upon request

NB. All prices and times are subject to change.

When to go

Wolwedans Dunes Lodge is open all year round.

Temperature also changes quite dramatically from west to east. The consistently cool conditions and high humidity at the coast, caused by the ocean, give way to rapid increases in temperature and decreases in humidity further inland. Summer maximum temperatures can reach 43° C on NamibRand, but usually cool down considerably at night, due to the prevailing westerly winds. Winter in the Namib can be bitterly cold, with minimum temperatures falling below -4 C°.

Wind is a very noticeable and extremely important component of the Namib. One of its most obvious effects is the formation of sand dunes. The prevailing south westerly wind at the coast maintains the cool inversion layer of air that prevents turbulence and rain forming. On NamibRand during the summer, westerly winds usually blow strongly in the afternoon, by the evening they bring a welcome respite from the heat of the day. On occasions the notorious east wind, or berg wind, is dominant and often follows very soon after any rain which the desert may have received. Wind regimes on NamibRand do not always follow the same pattern as in the Namib Sand Sea. Complex wind regimes are produced locally by topography (shape of the landscape e.g. mountains and valleys) and the strong thermal gradients between the coast and the escarpment. These, in combination with movement of large pressure systems in the interior or over the ocean are what give us our complex pattern of winds.

Wind is important for the desert ecosystem. Many plants rely on wind for dispersal, such as annual grasses, grass seeds are blown huge distances across the desert. Wind also transports detritus, which is food for many desert animals. You have only to look at the base of a dune slip-face following a strong wind to see the detritus piles and the number of beetles feeding there.

The formation of fog is encouraged by the air inversion caused by the Benguela current, and is a characteristic feature at the coast. In the early mornings the south westerly winds drift the fog inland. It usually extends for about 50 km inland for the length of the Namib, but occasionally fog occurs up to 100 km inland. Fog reaches NamibRand approximately 10 - 20 days of the year during the winter months. Unlike the ecology of the coast, none of the fauna and flora of NamibRand are dependant on moisture from the fog. Fog at the coast is usually only of short duration, rising temperatures from the interior have mostly dissolved it by noon, even so, fog-water precipitation is the dominant moisture source over western parts of the desert.

Rainfall in the Namib occurs mainly in the form of convective summer storms from which maximum precipitation is received over the Escarpment to the east. The coastal Namib receives an annual mean rainfall of only 15 mm, whereas this increases further inland to the eastern edge of the desert, which has an annual mean figure of up to 100 mm rainfall. NamibRand probably experiences an annual mean rainfall of 70 - 80 mm. Most of the rain falls during summer months, but the reserve is on the edge of the winter rainfall area and occasionally receives a small amount of winter rainfall, though this is normally not more than a few millimetres.

Important Information

Special dietary requirements can be accommodated with prior notice.

In order to make your visit a truly rewarding one, Wolwedans Dunes Lodge would like to obtain detailed information about you, prior to your arrival. If you are interested in staying at the Dunes Lodge we may ask you to fill out a form that will help the lodge to give you an experience which is tailored to your individual needs and interests.

Children

Travelling with children

Children of all ages are welcome.
Children under the age of 12 years pay 50% of normal rate and are required to share a chalet with one of the parents or, in the case of a solitary child, he or she will share with the parents and we will supply an extra bed.

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